Drypoint, Early 20th Century, Etching, Gallery Openings, Gallery Updates, Landscapes, Lithograph, Natural History, Prints

FEATHERED

Old Squaws #2. By Frank W. Benson. Etching, 1921. Ed 150. LINK.

Old Squaws #2. By Frank W. Benson. Etching, 1921. Ed 150. LINK.

The Old Print Gallery is pleased to announce its new winter show, FEATHERED, which will open on February 19th and run through April 9th, 2016. FEATHERED will celebrate the beauty, power, and reverence of winged animals, captured in prints. Artists have been forever fascinated by birds and their ability to gracefully navigate the open skies on stretched wings, suspended between earth, sky, and water, hopping from perch to perch. FEATHERED showcases the work of three celebrated natural history and ornithological printmakers from the 20th century- Frank W. Benson, H. Emerson Tuttle, and Stow Wengenroth. Each artist offers a unique, distinctive approach to depicting birds is in their prints, which makes for a varied and compelling grouping on the wall.

The prints of Frank W. Benson (1862-1951), nicknamed the father of sporting art, suggest the perspective of a naturalist and bird hunter. His close and watchful examination of a bird’s flight path and tendencies in the water offer a firsthand record of nature, gleaned not from dead models in a studio, but from a close familiarity of birds in the wild. Captured in Benson’s spare compositions and delicate line work, their vital essence is expressed in the way the birds move through their environment- sunlight and shadows hitting their winged bodies in flight, ripples in water as ducks float through still marshes, traces of a whole flock of birds dotting the horizon.

Aquiline Eagle (Eagle Head). H. Emerson Tuttle. Drypoint, 1937. Ed. 45. LINK.

Aquiline Eagle (Eagle Head). H. Emerson Tuttle. Drypoint, 1937. Ed. 45. LINK.

H. Emerson Tuttle (1890-1946), devoted much of his career to drawing and etching prints of birds, both from life, and using stuffed specimens in his studio. Arresting and commanding, his prints take on the appearance of formal seated portraits. Intricate detail is given to the patterns of feathers, the cock of the head, and oftentimes, the direct gaze of the bird. Tuttle’s prints are unswerving and full of personality- his birds take center stage and are only sometimes supported by a background. Tuttle captures their beauty and dynamism with his drypoint needle, imbuing his birds with almost human-like dispositions.

In contrast, Stow Wengenroth (1906-1978) is known for his landscapes, so his birds appear in their expected and rightful place, perched in mottled tree branches, exploring sand dunes, and in flight, weaving among shadows of trees. Birds play a principal part of his New England landscapes, adding movement and breathing life into his lithographic sceneries.

Breakwater. Stow Wengenroth. Lithograph, 1986. Ed. 50. LINK.

Breakwater. Stow Wengenroth. Lithograph, 1986. Ed. 50. LINK.

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Print Round-Up: Halloween

HAPPY HALLOWEEN FROM THE OLD PRINT GALLERY

Second Monster Portrait. Evan Lindquist. Engraving, 1981. Edition 25. Image size 9 x 11 7/8

Second Monster Portrait. Evan Lindquist. Engraving, 1981. Edition 25. Image size 9 x 11 7/8″ (227 x 301 mm).

Ghost Walk. Sarah Sears. Etching, 2001. Artist proof. Image size 7 1/2 x 12 1/4

Ghost Walk. Sarah Sears. Etching, 2001. Artist proof. Image size 7 1/2 x 12 1/4″ (190 x 311 mm).

Weissenburg Witch. Published by C. Burckardt's. Deponirt

Weissenburg Witch. Published by C. Burckardt’s. Deponirt “Druck u.Verlag v. C. Burckardt’s Nachf. in Weissenburg (Elsass.) Color lithograph, undated, circa 1880. Paper size 65 x 27”. Printer/Publisher stamp in lower right. Weissenburg/Alsace, France.

The Witch House. Salem, Massachusetts. Charles Mielatz. Drypoint, 1903. Edition unknown. Image size 9 5/8 x 6 5/8

The Witch House. Salem, Massachusetts. Charles Mielatz. Drypoint, 1903. Edition unknown. Image size 9 5/8 x 6 5/8″ (244 x 168 mm).

You've got what it takes - To haunt a house!!! Copyright T.C.G. Printed in U.S.A. Undated. c.1970. This lighthearted Valentine features a young man fawning over a young girl. Flip it over and reveal the girl frightening even the ghost with her face. Card size 3 1/2 x 2 1/2

You’ve got what it takes – To haunt a house!!! Copyright T.C.G. Printed in U.S.A. Undated. c.1970. This lighthearted Valentine features a young man fawning over a young girl. Flip it over and reveal the girl frightening even the ghost with her face. Card size 3 1/2 x 2 1/2″.

The Flying Machine from Edinburght in one Day, preform'd by Moggy Mackensie at the Thistle and Crown. Publish'd according to act of Parliam't. Engraving, c.1800. On broomstick by old Maggy's aid / Full royally they rode; / And on the wings of Northern winds / Came flying all abroad. / The Garden of Eden is before them / and behind them a desolate wilderness. - Joel Chap, 2, Ver. 3. Paper size 10 5/8 x 9 1/8

The Flying Machine from Edinburght in one Day, preform’d by Moggy Mackensie at the Thistle and Crown. Publish’d according to act of Parliam’t. Engraving, c.1800. “On broomstick by old Maggy’s aid / Full royally they rode; / And on the wings of Northern winds / Came flying all abroad. / The Garden of Eden is before them / and behind them a desolate wilderness.” – Joel Chap, 2, Ver. 3. Paper size 10 5/8 x 9 1/8″ (270 x 232 mm).

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Peggy Bacon on Effort

Hard of Hearing. Peggy Bacon. Drypoint, 1933. Image size 7 1/2 x 10 7/8" (191 x 277 mm). LINK.

Hard of Hearing. Peggy Bacon. Drypoint, 1933. Image size 7 1/2 x 10 7/8″ (191 x 277 mm). LINK.

“Process work doesn’t appeal to me. That’s why I like drypoint and not just an etching. I’ve done only twenty-five bitten etchings in my life because I don’t care for all that business that goes on that gets between you and the work. I love drypoint and I think that actually it gives you the same wonderful satisfaction that carving in stone must give to a person. You’re really making something with great effort. And I think that effort is very important in the production of any work of art. If it’s too easy, if you’re just gliding around on a wax surface and then biting it in acid, it doesn’t give you that sensation of making something … That wonderful feeling that you have for the material and the real strength that you have to employ to get the line the right depth and richness and to do the cross-hatching so that the metal doesn’t break down but still you get a rich black. It gives you, oh, a great sensation.”- Peggy Bacon

Quote from: Oral history interview with Peggy Bacon, 1973 May 8, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. LINK.

The Soul of the Thrift. Peggy Bacon. Drypoint, 1941. Image size 9 7/8 x 7 inches. LINK.

The Soul of the Thrift. Peggy Bacon. Drypoint, 1941. Image size 9 7/8 x 7 inches. LINK.

Peanuts. Peggy Bacon. Lithograph, 1930. Image size 10 1/4 x 13 inches. LINK.

Peanuts. Peggy Bacon. Lithograph, 1930. Image size 10 1/4 x 13 inches. LINK.

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Past/Present: Fall

Today is the first day of Fall, the autumnal equinox, “one of the two periods of the year when the sun crosses the equator and the days and nights are in equal length all over the earth” as explained by this article.  To celebrate this shift in seasons, we have a new Past/Present for you- two artists’ representations of autumn landscapes. The first is a 19th century depiction of the Starrucca Valley, located in Pennsylvania near Lanesboro. One of the few prints produced after a painting by Hudson River School artist Jasper Cropsey, this image was printed exclusively for members of the Crosby Opera House Art Association. We’ve paired it with a hand-colored transfer print and collage by contemporary printmaker Takayo Noda. We hope you enjoy these colorful celebrations of Fall!

Image on the top: American Autumn, Starucca Valley, Erie R. Road. By Jasper Cropsey. Published by T. Sinclair’s Chromo Lith., Philadelphia. Lithographed by William Dresser. Chromolithograph, undated, c. 1870s. Image size 15 1/2 x 26 5/8″ (394 x 677 mm). LINK.

Image on the bottom : Autumn Day. By Takayo Noda. Transfer print, hand-colored, 2013. Three dimensional collage in areas. Signed, titled and inscribed “1/1.” Image size 6 7/8 x 9 5/8″ (175 x 243 mm). LINK.

American Autumn, Starucca Valley, Erie R. Road. LINK.

American Autumn, Starucca Valley, Erie R. Road. LINK.

Autumn Day. LINK.

Autumn Day. LINK.

 

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Marion Greenwood on Painting What You Love

Untitled. [Young Girls]. Marion Greenwood. Lithograph, c.1940. Edition unknown. Image size 110 1/8 x 11 7/8 inches. LINK.

Untitled. [Young Girls]. Marion Greenwood. Lithograph, c.1940. Edition unknown. Image size 10 1/8 x 11 7/8 inches. LINK.

“It was the time when surrealism and all kinds of -isms were in the air, and I remember how I finally decided the only thing to do is to be yourself. One thing I always had was a terrific love for human beings and people, and so I just painted with that thought in mind and immediately became quite successful with my easel work.”- Marion Greenwood

Quote from Oral history interview with Marion Greenwood, 1964 Jan. 31, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. LINK.

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